By PaperTigers

Young readers will learn much about elephants and the mahouts who care for them from this charming story and its fabulous illustrations. Interspersed with Ted Lewin’s full-page paintings of the forest, the animals, and the glorious spectacle of the Dasara procession are Betsy Lewin’s delightful colored cartoons of children playing with baby elephants, Drona tipping a truck over (and eating “all but one case of the bananas” it carried), and the Lewins’ visit to Drona’s pink marble grave. . . . It’s easy to imagine Balarama inspiring children to make their own pilgrimages to India for Dasara in years to come! — target=”_blank”>